• Toast vs. "Keep Calm Carry On"

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After I finished all my pieces for Fonica's Self-Made Exhibition I thought that would be it for me and the character 'Toast,' well at least for a little while anyway.

The other day I was walking through central and had to fight my way past a huge group of tourists who were blocking the pavement. They were all going mental for the 'Keep Calm Carry On' memorabilia in the window of a shop. The owners must have had a field day selling it all.

Conincidentally check out an article about the dispute over the phrase on the BBC Website published today.

• BBC Britain's Killer Roads: Offline Editor Credits

This week I finished cutting an episode of a new day time BBC program called 'Britain's Killer Roads,' which takes a 'look at how simple changes like better road markings or installing crash barriers can save hundreds of lives. It will join forces with people who are campaigning for changes to roads in their area and will work with the authorities to drastically improve safety on five of Britain's most dangerous roads.'

I also put the finishing touches to another show in the run and cut the series 30 second pretitle tease which features in all 5 episodes. The series is to be broadcast later on in the year.
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• Ballon Head: Update

Thank you to: Khi Mahmood, Susie Martin, Will Pollock, Rhys Powell, Luke Billing, Jo McCarthy, Beano Clark, Lucy Madge, Millo Saadvandi and Alex Day for getting in touch about the free "Balloon Head" print. They shall be with you all very soon.
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• Balloon Head: Free Print

Everyone likes free stuff right? Well the first 10 people to get in contact with me via text, email, Facebook or Twitter will be sent a A3 print of my latest piece: "Balloon Head."
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(If you live in the London area I will hand deliver it.)

• Fonica presents "Self-made" Exhibition

I’ve been meaning to sit down and write this blog post for weeks now. July was incredibly hectic at the Reef office and what with all the excitement of the London Riots, Vfest, a good friend leaving for new exciting adventures and the latest movements of Dancing Lotus, new pieces and other updates seemed to unintentionally take priority.
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During the last weekend of July Fonica Magazine celebrated it’s first birthday in style with a launch party for a new exhibition curated by Richard Chappellow and Harry Tolmie-Thomson. Self Made brought together seven artists from the Fonica network together for a week long exhibition at Testspace in Leeds.
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Richard contacted me about the exhibition a few months previous to the event and although I was initially excited about the prospect of having my work up on the walls in a gallery, choosing pieces and settling on new concepts proved more difficult than I anticipated. I will admit the added pressure I put on myself really didn’t help. As I didn’t know any of the other artists featuring I figured I might as well just do my own thing and just see what happens. I wasn’t given any sort of brief for the exhibition so I figured I would tie as many of my pieces to Fonica in some way shape or form.

I was given my own little section of the gallery:
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All in all I exhibited four pieces:

‘The Birth of Toast'
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My character ‘Toast’ was born through random scribbles and the desire to deface Fonica’s clean-cut image in a cheeky manner. He was featured on the cover of issue 4. I figured it would be cool to experiment with some 3D sketches of the character and including a toaster in this piece I figured the character would make more sense. I don’t know if it does? That was just my thought process at the time.

‘Mark Your Own Territory’
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This piece took forever to finalise in my head. My intention was to create the illusion that ‘Toast’ had jumped out of the frame depicting his birth and into another simply just to vandalise / make his mark on the exhibition.

‘I used to be lonely too.’
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I originally produced this piece as a postcard for ‘The Be Nice Project Part II’ (which for a number of reasons has been shelved until a later date.) I included it in this exhibition because I received a lot of unexpected praise about the piece from people after I posted it on here, so I felt compelled to show it off. This one I gave to my brother because he liked it so much. I found the phrase “I used to be lonely too” scribbled in my sketchbook, I think I wrote it in there around the time I first moved to London and I barely knew anyone in the city.

‘Paper Robot on Fire’
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Till this day I still don’t know why I asked Palmer to shoot this series of photographs as I burnt this paper toy. I thought it would be cool to get this piece printed as Richard featured it in an early issue of Fonica.

Anyone reading this and not aware of Fonica go along to their website and check out all the things that they have done over their first year. It’s really refreshing to see creativity at such an organic and independent state. They fund the entire project with their own hard earned pennies so go and support them in anyway that you can even if it’s just reading the issues and passing them on to your own friends.

Check out this little video that Rich put together of the opening evening:

Self - Made from Richard Chappelow on Vimeo.

On an entirely separate note I met and had the pleasure of listening to a set by DJ Handbook. You should ALL go and checkout his music on Soundcloud … it’s sick!
Latest tracks by Handbook
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